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Elias Pettersson is NHL-ready – if he’s used the right way

Elias Pettersson had one heck of a season. He had 56 points (24-32-56) in 44 regular-season games and added 19 points (10-9-19) in 13 playoff contests. He won the SHL championship with the Växjö Lakers. He won the league scoring title. He was named SHL Rookie of the Year, best forward, MVP, and playoff MVP….

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CanucksArmy’s 2018 Midterm Prospect Rankings #20: Lukas Jasek

When discussing the Vancouver Canucks’ recent draft record, one year fans love to bring up is 2015 – and rightfully so. The Canucks had made a surprise appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, resulting in a relatively late first-round pick (23rd overall), which they used on none other than Brock Boeser. With Boeser succeeding as…

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Canucks Army’s 2018 Midterm Prospect Rankings: 22nd to 21st

Before we dive into the top 20 of the Vancouver Canucks’ current prospect pool, there are a couple of players left that didn’t quite make the cut. Interestingly enough, one of the two already has a double-digit number of NHL games played, yet it seems like neither we at CanucksArmy nor the fans are very…

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Why re-signing the Sedin twins is the only logical move

At 37-years-old, Henrik and Daniel Sedin are well past their prime and steadily declining. We know it, the coach knows it, the GM knows it, they know it. Yet, it’s too early to let them go. As the attempt to rebuild on the fly can officially be characterized as a massive failure — all while…

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Breaking down Rasmus Dahlin’s elite stick-handling skill

Even if you haven’t seen Rasmus Dahlin play a full game, you’ve probably seen some highlight video of the projected first-overall pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The number of times he’s deked through entire teams, even at the professional level, is simply ridiculous. And while talent is the most important factor here, there…

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2018 World Junior Hockey Championship: Scout’s Notebook

The 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship saw two Vancouver Canucks prospects – Jonah Gadjovich for Team Canada and Elias Pettersson for Team Sweden – squaring off in the gold-medal game. Fellow Canucks prospect William Lockwood won bronze with Team USA, and Olli Juolevi had some promising showings with Team Finland, despite being eliminated in the…

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CanucksArmy World Junior Recap: USA 9 – 3 Czech Republic

The Czech Republic was the biggest surprise of the tournament, making it to the semifinals with help from 2017 12th-overall pick Martin Necas and 2018 draft hopeful Filip Zadina. After losing to Team Canada, however, the disappointment seemed too big. The Czechs tried little against a dominant Team USA in the “battle” for bronze. If…

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CanucksArmy World Junior Recap: Sweden 3 – 2 Slovakia

A ridiculously skilled D-group, a stacked top line, strong depth throughout the forward lines, and a goaltender who made his pro debut in 2015-16 – what else do you need to be the world’s best junior team? The answer is ‘nothing.’ Yet, Team Sweden didn’t dominate Slovakia as much as one might expect. Slovakia had…

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CanucksArmy World Junior Recap: Canada 8 – Switzerland 2

Team Canada arguably got the easiest possible quarterfinal draw in Switzerland, but their dominant win proved they took their opponents seriously and put in 100 percent of effort. The victory was never in doubt. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Brett Howden gave Canada an early lead with a great finish, but Maxime Comtois (Anaheim Ducks) and…

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CanucksArmy World Junior Recap: Sweden 7 – 2 Switzerland

With a stacked roster around Vancouver Canucks prospect Elias Pettersson and big names like Lias Andersson, Erik Brannstrom, and Rasmus Dahlin, Team Sweden is widely viewed as the favourites to win the 2018 World Junior Championship. Against Switzerland, however, Sweden had some struggles early in the game. At first, everything went according to plan, as…